PORT HARDY—The Port Hardy Minor Hockey Association made life easy on its engraver last week when it selected both Sarah Case and Robby Heavenor as repeat winners for the club’s two major awards for the 2012-13 season.
The two were presented their plaques during the Port Hardy Minor Hockey Annual General Meeting and awards dinner, held last Tuesday at the Civic Centre.
Case earned the Hugh Fraser Memorial Award as Most Dedicated Referee for the second straight year, officiating minor hockey games while also playing for two teams — the Triport Bantam girls Wild Onez and the Port Hardy bantam house squad.
Heavenor was honoured for the second time with the Robbie Burns Memorial Most Dedicated Mentor plaque. Heavenor, who captained the North Island Eagles midget squad to within one game of the provincial finals, found time in his schedule to also serve as an assistant coach for some of Port Hardy’s younger skaters.
Awards for Most Sportsmanlike, Most Dedicated and Most Improved players were handed out for the association’s atom, peewee, bantam and midget teams. Novice and peanut/pre-nut (initiation) skaters each received certificates, but no individual awards were given at those levels.
The AGM saw the election of officers for the coming 2013-14 season, and the bulk of the current executive will return, including president Graham Richards, vice-president Michel Therrien, secretary Sabrina Dent and treasurer Nadine Gough.
Jackie Hunt, Tracy Ranger, Lynea Borg and Aaron Miller also will be back in leadership roles, joined by newcomers Jamie Harrison (head coach) and Joe Jewell (equipment manager).
Port Alice hockey
Tyler Roper, who averaged nine goals per game during tournaments in both Port Hardy and Port McNeill, was an easy choice as MVP as Port Alice Minor Hockey presented its novice team awards following taping of a promo for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada this month.
Dawson Twamley (Most Improved) and Taylor Spafford (Most Sportsmanlike) were also presented awards at the ceremony, which included a pizza dinner.
The novice skaters will be featured introducing Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday, Apr. 20, after being selected in Scotiabank’s Hockey Kids promotion earlier this year.
Video of the team’s taping is available at northislandgazette.com.
Port Hardy Minor Hockey AGM and 2013 Awards Dinner
Hugh Fraser Memorial Award
Most Dedicated Referee
Brian Burns Memorial Award
Mentor of the Year
Most Improved: Drew Robertson
Most Dedicated: Troy Cadwell
Most Sportsmanlike: Mason Irvine.
Most Improved: Patrick Traverse, Riley Nelson
Most Dedicated: Logan McLachlan
Most Sportsmanlike: Sage Hanuse
Most Improved: Seth Hanuse
Most Dedicated: Tim Alfred, Bree-Anna Henderson
Most Sportsmanlike: Saphron Purdy
Most Improved: Madyson Harris
Most Dedicated: Owain Jewell
Most Sportsmanlike: Noah Doyle, Avary Miller
No individual awards presented
Executive elections 2013-14
President: Graham Richards
Vice-president: Michel Therrien
Secretary: Sabrina Dent
Treasurer: Nadine Gough
Head manager: Sabrina Dent
Ice coordinator: Jackie Hunt
Referee coordinator: Tracy Ranger
Tournament coordinator: Lynea Borg
Registrar: Aaron Miller
Head coach: Jamie Harrison
Equipment manager: Joe Jewell
Port Alice Minor Hockey
Most Improved: Dawson Twamley
Most Sportsmanlike: Taylor Spafford
Most Valuable Player: Tyler Roper